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‘Words are not enough’: Australian Bishops welcome Pope’s letter on abuse but call for action

Pope Francis

THE Catholic bishops of Australia have welcomed Pope Francis’ letter to Catholics regarding sexual abuse in the Church. Australian Catholic Bishops Conference president Brisbane Archbishop Mark Coleridge said the letter, released on August 20, included important words from Pope Francis, but noted words were not enough. “Now is the time for action on many levels – one of which is ... Read More »

Pope Francis: ‘Today there is a global war on marriage’

David and Sally Hood

POPE Francis said a global war against marriage was underway and Catholics must respond by helping couples stay strong and by providing pastoral care to those experiencing difficulty. The Pope also described “gender theory” as “a great enemy of marriage”. “Today there is a global war to destroy marriage,” the Pope said on October 1 during a meeting in Tbilisi, ... Read More »

Live your faith during Lent, perform works of mercy

Pope Francis

  LENT is a time of conversion and a time to deepen one’s faith, demonstrating and sharing it through the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, Pope Francis said. “Faith finds expression in concrete everyday actions meant to help our neighbours in body and spirit,’ the pope said in his message for Lent, which begins on Feb. 10 for Latin-rite ... Read More »

International Eucharistic Congress: Widespread malnutrition and starvation “mass genocide”

Hungry children in Syria

POPE Francis’ representative to the 51st International Eucharistic Congress called the widespread malnutrition and starvation in the world a “mass genocide”. Cardinal Charles Bo of Yangon, Myanmar, was speaking last Sunday at the opening Mass of the event in Cebu, Philippines. “This calls for a commitment to a world of justice,” Cardinal Bo said.  “The Eucharist calls for a third world war, ... Read More »

Synod report ‘clear and compassionate’, Archbishop Coleridge says

Synod mother

ARCHBISHOP Mark Coleridge said the Synod of Bishops had provided Pope Francis with a “clear and compassionate” report summarising more than two years of discussion on the Church’s approach to modern families. Archbishop Coleridge has returned to Brisbane after almost a month in Rome, where he was among more than 270 bishops discussing issues including the role of divorced and ... Read More »

Words matter

BRISBANE Archbishop Mark Coleridge said a “whole new language is needed” to continue the work from the synod on the family, which ends in Rome this weekend. And Archbishop Coleridge believes a national synod could be the next step in a search for a new pastoral approach. While saying “there is no groundswell of support for the change of Church ... Read More »

Diverse challenges to families surprise and universal compassion surprise couples

Brazilian couple attend press briefing after session of Synod of Bishops at Vatican

TWO married couples attending the Synod of Bishops on the family said what surprised them most about their first synod in Rome was reading inaccurate media coverage of the closed-door proceedings, the diversity of problems families face around the world and the synod fathers’ great concern and compassion for the family. Read the full story from Catholic News Service. Read More »

Church must reach out to families with untraditional form, Synod members say

CATHOLICS must challenge other faithful members to be better, but not at the exclusion of people who “still have growing to do”, Bishop George V. Murry of Youngstown, Ohio, said. Bishop Murry and other members of the Synod of Bishops on the family spoke Oct. 10 about finding a way to affirm Gospel principles and church teaching while accompanying all Catholics ... Read More »

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